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Date: 15-12-20

Delivery robots gettting promoted from indoor to outdoor

Robots are doing fantastic job in delivering  goods and materials and other things inside a closed building.  Now companies are venturing to let them handle the delivery in outdoor environment.

A self driving robot from Panasonic is on the public roads from the month of November and continue the activity until the end of year 2020. From the month of February 2021 onwards the same robot
will start home-delivering food and other things. During this Covid pandemic, it is becoming important  to have  contactless  delivery  as as a safety precaution.

Panasonic  and other involved companies,  residents and organisations  working from  past six years to operate Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, seeking to improve the quality of life in the town since its opening in 2014.

Panasonic leveraging its technical capabilities  in designing autonomous-driving robots and ride-sharing services  for this  project. This test utilises  a smartphone app  to communicate across all the stakeholders.

This initiative is part of the  Japan’s Action Plan of the Growth Strategy (July 2020), which outlines the country’s policy of conducting demonstration drives of remote monitoring/operation-type delivery robots on public roads so low-speed and compact autonomous-driving robots can be implemented in society.

However Panasonic  said it has not obtained a road-use permit from relevant ministries and agencies for the Phase 2 test of the delivery service.
 
In another case, 2 feet tall cart like 6-wheel robots  fitted with cameras,  radars,   and ultrasonics are delivering  food  in the Arizona State University'  Tempe campus.  These robots  are launched   as a result of partnership  between  Starship Technologies and Sun Devil Dining.

They  move on the roads  just like humans  stopping at crosswalks,  avoiding  bikes,  people.

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